LibriVox's Anthem by Ayn Rand. Read by Chere Theriot.
Anthem is a dystopic science fiction story taking place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur, if at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word "I" has disappeared from the language). As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the "socialist/communal" values of equality and brotherhood and the "productive/capitalist" values of achievement and individuality. The story also parallels Stalinist Russia, which was currently going on at the time as the story was published. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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July 10, 2012 Subject:
Such An Inspiring Story!
This is scathing indictment of the destructive power of collectivism. One of Ayn Rand's best books, it is the story of the struggle of an single individual human mind born into a stale and dead collective society. The hero is a breath of fresh air. It is read well by a female reader and it is written in a clean, simple and appealing style. Highly Recommended!
March 2, 2010 Subject:
Rand's (little known?) dystopian vision benefits from a female reader whose occasional monotones perfectly suit the somnambulistic society she is describing, while she understanderbly saves the most committed reading to the best chapter (11) and its decrying the "monster of 'we' ". However a lot of what is heard here is rather laboured and elements of Rands's plot development are frankly unbelievable (if this matters to the reader given the genre). Rand's depressing world is not, ultimately that different from others and less powerful than many, while the reintroduction of self-centeredness into the world is perhaos not wholly so worthy as she suggests. The extended use of the third person prose has some power however, which lifts things somewhat above typical pulp prose. Moments of sadism stand out (the naked whipping against the post).
The reader is good, with pleasing voice, although there are occasional falters and uncertainties.
October 16, 2009 Subject:
Very Good Book!
This was a great book, lots of heavy concepts, futuristic and a little scary, this book would fit in well with books like Animal farm, 1984, Brave New world, very dystopic....yet inspiring!
October 29, 2008 Subject:
I can't wait to dl this when I get home. Last stuff I read from her was some essays with leonard piekoff many many years ago. Time to update the brain.